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Chocolate shops hoping for Easter boost (SPH)

Fusion chocolatiers Takanori Chiwata and Kayoko Hamamoto introduce new restrictions at Coconoma on East First Street in North Vancouver. (Photo credit: Northshore News)

The chocolate economy is looking a touch bitter this Easter.

“We’re taking a philosophy of being there for our customers,” said Dave White, the owner of Olde World Confections. “Nobody’s making any money right now but I feel it’s important to be here with the doors open.”

A mainstay at Lonsdale Quay, the store still boasts Callebaut Belgian chocolate bunnies and eggs as well as the shop’s signature fudge and peanut brittle. However, White is bracing for slim profit margins this season.

Straight up the hill in Central Lonsdale, Daniel Le Chocolate Belge has been closed for two weeks and there are no plans to re-open the pastry/chocolate shop in the immediate future, said Daniel Chocolates vice-president Monique Poncelet. However, the shop’s chocolate went to a good cause, Poncelet added, explaining they delivered a batch of sweets to frontline workers at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. There was a plan to make a similar delivery to Lions Gate Hospital but the logistics proved a challenge, Poncelet said.

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